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A virtual exhibition by artists emerging and established, responding to the theme of pause.



Taking time to PAUSE with Sal Hanvey

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"Taking time to pause, reflect, collect your thoughts, drop a few balls you are juggling and just take time to ‘Smell the coffee’ or food or drink of choice.  Creating new food recipes can be simple but also you can create a work of art, similar to that of an artist with his paint brush.  Herbs and spices are the vibrant colours.  Food for me, is art that nature provides."

Sal Hanvey
BA (Hons), MFHT, CNHC, IIHHT, Dip.Nut, Dip.Acu


Sal Hanvey is an award winning Nutrition Consultant. Sal has a real passion for finding ingredient substitutes and alternatives for those people with food intolerances, or allergies, or dietary exclusions without compromising on nutritional value or taste. She runs her own practice- Natural Health NI with Acupuncture and Nutrition, Sal is a freelance journalist and writes for various publications around the subjects of nutrition, health and food. Sal offers cook-a-long classes online and in person to help people to connect, or re-connect to the universal language that we all know and love- to enjoy really good food. The classes are interactive, live and very much nutrition led. Sal has a BA (hons) degree in Journalism. She is a regular respected contributor on both BBC and commercial radio and media discussing all things food, lifestyle and well-being. 


Curated by Noelle McAlinden, to create Moving Canvas, seven artists from or based in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area were invited to participate in a series of conversations, experiences and opportunities to pause and reflect on their own creative practice.

From November 2023 to March 2024, the seven artists; Victoria Geelan, Sheila Llewellyn, Séamas Mac Annaidh, Julie Murphy, Rory O Loughlin, Kate O Shea and Margaret Stack, were invited to join a series of virtual conversations, before meeting together for the first time at Enniskillen Castle Museums. The group participated in a range of activities, including a visit to a renowned Fermanagh artist’s solo exhibition, ‘Coloured Thoughts’ by Mavis Thomson. The visit to this exhibition provided a starting point for discussion and reflection on their own practice.

Other activities to help inspire Moving Canvas, included boat trip excursions with Erne Water Taxi and Blue Green Yonder to experience the benefits of nature and water on mental health and wellbeing. The request was to be present to the experiences and potentially see this as a form of stimulus for their future practice.

Commenting at the Moving Canvas launch event, Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor, Thomas O’Reilly, said,

“Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is committed to promoting the arts and ensuring it is accessible to all. I am pleased that we have venues, such as the Strule Arts Centre, to host exhibitions by locals and visitors so everyone can experience, learn and be inspired by arts.

Éimear McCartney's First Day Out In Months

Written and directed by Damian Gorman, performed by Jacqui Condren, Jotham Jackson, Jen Goddard of The Junction's 'Changing The Story I Tell Myself' Project, supported by the actor Pat Lynch and the drama teacher and actor Greta Mc Tague; with appearances by Colleen Maguire and Catharine Condren. The making of this film has been kindly supported by The Ideas Fund. This film is a fictional tale which seeks to underscore what can seem like 'very small steps' in the process of keeping ourselves well. It has been made as a conversational tool to support greater openness around personal experiences of mental well-being. The Junction thanks all those who have inspired and supported the making of this film. The film is a creative tool, and is one part of a 'Changing the Story I Tell Myself: Envisioning an empowering story of well-being' project resulting in the development of a Resource for Mental Well-Being. In addition to this Creative Resource, other newly created resources include Workshops Materials addressing mental well-being themes and provides a number of Guides. For Further Information, email: . Resources are available via: The Junction, 10-12 Bishop Street, Derry Londonderry and 

NI Mental Health Arts Festival Artists Talk with the makers of ‘to the wire ’ in conversation with Noelle Mc Alinden

Featuring creators Dawn Richardson, Jonathan Brennan, Chad Alexander, Paul Doran, Emily DeDakis & Barry Cullen in conversation with Noelle Mc Alinden, Chair of NI Mental Health Arts Festival.

Together they reflect upon their residency, their individual & collective experience,their inspiration, the importance of focus on process rather than outcome,and the journey of co creation and trust in the collaborative approach they adopted in capturing footage in Lebanon and Northern Ireland last year, and combining that with archive footage from Northern Ireland Screen.

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'to the wire' is a co-production of Hosta Projects and NI Mental Health Arts Festival and supported by the Baring Foundation, NI Digital Film Archive, Belfast Film Festival, and Film Hub N.I. allocating funds on behalf of the BFI.

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